ANGIE Makwetla is one of Mzansi’s Human Rights Commissioners.

This book is an account of two femicide tragedies in her family that occurred in 2001 and 2004.

In the book she tells a heartbreaking story about the death of her younger sister and niece at the hands of their husbands.

The story is told through the eyes of family members, including the children of the deceased women who, to this day, are still traumatised by the violent loss of their mothers.

With March being Human Rights Month in Mzansi, this book is a befitting reminder on the plight of violence against women and children.

The foreword by Dr Judy Dlamini shares alarming statistics on gender-based violence (GBV) locally and globally.

For example, Mzansi’s rate of GBV is almost five times higher than the global average.

According to the April 2019 report by the World Bank, GBV is a global pandemic that affects one in three women.

This book shows how GBV robs families, communities and nations.

Angie and her family members give personal accounts of the loss of their loved ones and the damage it has left behind – years after it has occurred.